Grace. It’s a life changing GIFT that some people will never receive because they don’t know it’s there.
So here’s the thing, and the thing is this.. Jesus brought something to Earth that wasn’t here before B.C. I’m not going to spend too much time telling you about grace. It’s the most simple, yet complicated thing in history. It’s simple because it is there for each and every one of us. It’s always within the grasp of each human being! It never goes further from you than an arms reach. Not ever. It’s also simple because you don’t have to do anything for it! Many, many, many times in The Word, Father God eludes to this idea of coming to Him just as you are! He wants to meet you where you are. But, the important thing about meeting someone, that I tend to forget, is that BOTH parties must show up.
Remember, that God never leaves. He never will. It’s simple.
Now, what makes grace complicated?
The fact that Jesus had to take on human form and be born of a virgin girl? Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty complicated. Jesus, then, had to be tempted each day of His human life and STILL remain pure, righteous, holy, white as snow, and pleasing in the sight of God? That’s no easy task! After thirty or so years, Jesus then had to face one of the biggest betrayals in human history. Probably had some complications involved in that, too. Jesus had to endure a royal beating in front of the entire town. He had to be abused in every sense of the word. He was despised. Finally, He died, arms stretched out along the width of a tree.
So yes, grace is complicated! We wouldn’t have grace if Jesus hadn’t had come to Earth. Knowing all of that now, some of you still don’t understand grace. Some of you still don’t know how to receive God’s perfect gift.
I heard a song this morning that sang, “Jesus paid a ransom fee that really was for me.” Those words truly wrecked me, today. All of that complicated stuff above, all of that crazy torture… You have to realize and remember that Jesus did that WILLINGLY! He did it just for you. This is the gospel, people! He did it so that we could be saved. I know you still may not understand completely. It’s because you’ve NEVER known a love like that before! That love is still very much alive.
Whenever a friend comes to me for prayer. My first request to Father God is this: “Father God, could You please meet them where they are? Draw near to them.” He always, always does do so. Jesus didn’t die in Heaven. He didn’t get tempted up there. He didn’t get betrayed and murdered up there. He came to us down here! Haha! What a beautiful act of grace! He came here. My prayer for each every person reading this is that God would meet you right where you are! Whatever circumstance, situation, sin, confusion… He meets you there.
For those of you who don’t know Jesus, yet (emphasis on the word ‘yet’), grace is not a scam. Christ is not in the business of trickery. He doesn’t play games or cause confusion. In fact, I’d go as far to say that living a life without Jesus, is like living in a land of confusion and disconnect. Jesus is the King of connection and clarity. The truth is this: No, you don’t have to believe that Jesus is real and you don’t have to choose to believe that what He has done is 100% truth. You don’t. But, I will say this, you need Jesus. I have known Jesus for what seems like my entire life, and I need Him just as much as you do. I haven’t known Him for my whole life, but He has known me since before my first breath, so, we just clicked, ya know?
Whoever you are reading this today, I want you to know that YOU ARE worthy of the grace and love that only comes from Jesus! You are good enough for Him. Why? Because HE said so. You are deserving because He already loves you enough to give it to you before you even knew Him. Which came first? The chicken or the egg? I’ll tell you. HE LOVED YOU FIRST! He loves you right now!